Saturday, December 31

Happy New Year!!

Snow finally made it's way to our neck of the woods and was sure pretty for the day it lasted!

We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We both got reacquainted with our sewing machines after Christmas and have been sewing up a storm of new things and finishing others started oh too long ago. We can't wait to show our stack to you next year!! Make sure you stop back here on Tuesday as we have our second Moda Bakeshop project ready to be posted and hope that you'll enjoy it as much as the first.

Until next year. . .

Friday, December 23

During this Christmas season,

may you be blessed with the spirit of the season, which is peace,

the gladness of the season, which is hope,

and the heart of the season, which is love.

Somehow, not only for Christmas but all the year through,

the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

~John Greenleaf Whittier

Peace & Blessings to you all this holiday weekend. We hope that those of you who are out and about have safe travels and have wonderful times with your family and friends!

Shades of the Past will be closed Saturday Dec. 24 - Monday Dec. 26 as we celebrate the season with our family and friends. We'll be back regular shop hours again on Tuesday Dec. 27.

Saturday, December 17

Happy Holidays

We were thrilled to get in a shipment of "Sample Spree" fabrics featuring the fabrics that Moda will put out on the market later this spring. There are such wonderful fabrics for pretty much any persons taste. We have charm packs of them here in the shop for sale now for those of you anxious to work with some new fabrics!

Above, you'll see. . .

Collections for a Cause-Friendship

by Howard Marcus (muted reds/browns/creams/blues/tans)


by 3 Sisters (wonderful pastel blues/reds/pinks/grays/creams)

California Girl

by Fig Tree Quilt Co. (cheery greens/blues/pinks/yellows/creams)


by Blackbird Designs (country reds/blues/browns/creams/tans/greens)

Salt Air

by Cosmo Cricket (funky pinks/blues/greys/turquoise/yellow/cream)

The newest fabric panel that arrived into the shop this week is called

Beautiful Blessings by the new Moda designer Mara Bochart.

Darci is having a fun time sewing on a new creation using it. Check back to see what the finished result looks like!!

Summer Joy

by Kansas Troubles

This fun Kansas Troubles pattern is a perfect one to use up your favorite Kansas Troubles (or any other favorite!) charm pack. This project is a perfect size for a table or also to hang on the wall. The sample above was done using Cattails & Clovers charms.

Chenille-It in Jovial. This is a quick charm quilt, much like others we have done but features a couple of borders to make the quilt transform into a nice holiday/winter lap size quilt or table cloth. It features 2 charm packs of Jovial fabrics and one roll of lime green Chenille-It.

Russian Tea

Perfect drink to enjoy under the Chennille-It Jovial quilt on a chilly winter night!

1 c. Instant Tea

2 c. Tang (powdered orange juice)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 pkg. Wylers lemonade mix

1 1/2 c. sugar (or less)

Combine all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.

Use approximately two teaspoons of tea mix to one cup hot water.

Snow Days

by This & That patterns

This cute little embroidery pattern by Sherri K. Falls is quick to stitch up and is a perfect project to use up those small scraps!! The finished project size is about 12" x 12" and fits an Ackfield table stand or hanger quite well.

Christmas Cookies

Who doesn't enjoy yummy cookies and a cup of hot cocoa after making a snowman?

1 c butter

2 c. flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/4 tsp salt

Mix together--Shape into 1 inch balls and press your thumb in the centers to form a small well. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes. When cool, fill the thumb print wells with white melted almond bark. (You can also make them for festive with red or green tinted almond bark)


by Pastthyme Patterns

This little wool mat is the December flower of the month for our Woolie Wednesday group. The poinsettia is made up of individual leaves, that once stitched in the center, becomes a puffed, dimensional centerpiece.

These fun place mats are out of the new G.E Designs book called

Fast & Furious: Family

The place mats are perfect for any kind of table, but are specifically geared towards those of you who have round tables. They are very quick and easy to sew up, and like many other G.E Design patterns are done with the quilt-as-you-go method.

Peanut Butter Cups
Our new family favorite--so good we can't keep enough stocked in the house.
These little guys are SURE to be a HUGE hit during the holidays!!!!

2 c. peanut butter
3 c. crushed rice krispies
1 lb. powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)
1 stick butter

Mix above ingredients well and shape into balls.

Melt a half a package of chocolate almond bark in a double boiler. Dip balls in chocolate mixture and set on wax paper until chocolate coating has set. Place in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Monday, December 5

Tis' a very busy time of the year. . .

Once again, almost a month has past since we've last posted! I just cannot believe how quickly the time and day can get away from a person. If the saying "Time goes by fast the older you get" is true both of us gals are going to be in trouble!!

I hope that you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving (with the way I get things done I should probably be wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year today!!)

Wasn't it amazing though, that we didn't have any snow on the ground?!

It's been a while and it was a nice change--and even today, December 5th, and just a trace of snow is on the ground, crazy how things change from year to year!

We had a lot of fun (especially decorating and cooking) for the group of family that took the trip to our house. We had a wonderful time, and of course, like many of you have been telling us, ate waaay to much!

This picture doesn't have anything to do with our shop, or projects, or the holidays but isn't it amazing that Joe got all FIVE dogs that were out hunting with the gang at camp a few weeks ago to sit and pose for his I-Pad?! Seriously, it never fails, there is always one dog in the group that has to spoil it!! So congrats, Finn, Abbey, Sadie, Tucker, & Andrew's dog, you all look great!

While the men have been out hunting. . .

. . .we've taken our show on the road.

We spent a Saturday afternoon out in Watertown, South Dakota at the Dakota Quilt Shop.

(Dead camera battery = no pictures of our day)

We taught the ladies all about wool, woolfelt, and hooking. Rug hooking that is!

The fabulous group of 30 created these fun gift card holders for the holiday gift giving season. It was so much fun to see many familiar faces and to meet many new ones. We also had a delicious eats at PastThymes. Yep--can it get any better than that?!! We also made a late day stop in Dawson (home to the newly crowned 2011 MN State football champs!!) to a Simpler Thyme. If you ever get through Dawson make sure you is a very fun place with great gift ware!

And most recently we attend the 2011 Minnesota Make it with Wool conference at Jackpot Juction in Morton. I did have my camera ready for action this time, but we didn't have the time to take any pictures. We both were super, super impressed by the day!! We had about 40 people between the ages of 6 - 60. Most of these were kids in the age range of 10-16. At first, I think we both were a bit nervous about how this was going to go. A room full of kids and only 2 of us. I have to tell you that NEVER in history of the shop have we had an event like that and probably never will again.

These kids (who often times get a bad rep now days) all knew how to sew. Everyone could thread their needles, tie off good knots, and stitch like the best of us!! The stitches they came up with were quite creative and left us wishing that even we would sat and taken note of how they were doing them. They were all so respectful and kind and we cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the 2 hours we spent with them.

To top it all off we decided to stay for the fashion show. Talk about a group of talented sewers!! From age 6 to age 21 kids all showed off the clothing items that they had sewn from wool. From pants and shirts, to blazers and skirts and long coats it was incredible. Many of them added fancy linings to coats, zippers to pants, elastics to waistbands and cuffs, cut plaids to match up perfectly and even on the bias for shirts and added snaps/buttons/hooks & eyes to boot. Amazing! It was all so fashionably "in" and both of us gals found stuff we wished we could fit in to bring home to wear. We were both so glad we stayed and hope we get invited back next year.

Now. . .onto shop progress. Seems like we've accomplsihed so much and yet I don't have any pictures to show for. Hmm...hopefully we'll come up with them later.

The biggest happening has been the Generations Quilt that Darci designed about her Grandma.

We brought the quilt to the nursing home to show grandma the finished result and as you can tell she loved it. She was so excited about it she was showing the nurses when they came to get her for supper.

This quilt pattern comes with grandma's history which has been collected by her children and our personal visits to the home to see her. Grandma is a "go-getter" and is so much fun to be around as she's always in a great mood and has fantastic advice and stories to tell.

To our delight, she joined us at our first meeting so the gals could meet the woman behind the quilt. We have a four generation pic going on above--how wonderful that we all have a common thread running between us. Grandma turns 90 on the 10th of this month. Truly something to celebrate!!

Lacey has been working on our next block of the month.

She chose 3 colors (didn't photograph well but it's white, green & black)

The quilt is suppose to be 12 blocks to end up 80 x 80 finished but beings she was having so much fun she decided to make 2 extra blocks and add more borders to create a queen size quilt. This is a great class to watch for if you are looking to broaden your quilting horizons and we'll show a better photo once it's been quilted & bound and on the bed.

We also got into the winter spirit with this fun winter quilt. We used a bundle of our SW neutrals from the shop hop this summer to create this quick and easy wall hanging.

I'm thinking we'll need a bit more snow to be making these little guys anytime soon!

Well. . .with the way the days go by, before you know it there really will only be 12 days 'til Christmas and we'll still be placing last minute touches on our gift giving projects.

So. . .although I have good intentions of posting again before the holidays, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. . .just in case ;)